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Is India the answer to the increasing costs of production in China?

With wages increasing in China some manufacturers are looking at alternative production centers.  For manufacturers seeking low labor costs, India is appealing and may represent the next frontier for manufacturing, but is it viable option? A 2010 study by America’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found that, at just under a dollar an hour, India’s labor … Continue Reading

China’s top 50 brands 2012

China’s top 50 brands On December 4, 2012, WPP published its third BrandZ Top 50 Chinese Brands annual report.  According to this report, Chinese companies value their brands and are investing in good branding more and more.  Here are some highlights from the Brandz report: The total value of the top 50 most valuable Chinese … Continue Reading

Geographical indication status awarded to Darjeeling tea

Darjeeling tea, renowned for its smooth and mellow taste and often referred to as the “Champagne of teas”, has recently received protected geographical indication (PGI) status by the European Union. Darjeeling tea, famous for its luxurious quality and named after the city located in the mountains near the border with Nepal where it is grown, … Continue Reading

Urban Decay to be acquired by L’Oréal

L’Oréal announced on Monday 26 November that it signed an agreement with Castanea Partners, a private equity firm, to acquire the US make-up brand Urban Decay Cosmetics LLC — one of the fastest-growing specialty make-up brands in the US.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval, which is expected by the end of the year.  The … Continue Reading

Liquor crisis in China could create opportunities for foreign brands

To some people in the outside world, “Made in China” means low quality.  Most Chinese people recognize that, and some even have their own blacklist of domestic products such as certain brands of milk and cooking oil.  Now they have one more category of products to add to their list: Chinese liquor, or bai jiu. … Continue Reading

Chinese officials flaunt luxury goods; attract public backlash

A Chinese official was recently fired after an internet campaign revealed that he owned 11 luxury watches.  The official, Yang Dacai, claimed he purchased the watches with his modest civil servant salary, but Chinese internet commentators countered that Yang could not possibly have afforded them on just his legitimate income.  The Chinese Communist Party is … Continue Reading
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